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Apple is no longer seeking a permanent injunction in Samsung lawsuit

Apple is no longer seeking a permanent injunction in Samsung lawsuit

July 29, 2014

On Monday, Cupertino chose to drop its cross-appeal of Judge Lucy Koh’s final judgement in its 2012 Apple-Samsung patent trial, meaning the iPhone maker is no longer looking to secure a ban on the South Korean company’s infringing products.

The news comes from FOSS Patents, which explains that Apple’s decision to drop its cross-appeal means the company is essentially giving up on its aim to secure a permanent injunction against 23 of Samsung’s devices.

As FOSS Patents explains:

While the 2012 California jury trial had gone extremely well for Apple (in front of a jury that thought looking at prior art references was just a waste of time), Judge Koh had just denied Apple a permanent injunction against Samsung – for a second time – over the multi-touch software patents it asserted in the 2012 trial (where other intellectual property rights were also at issue). Apple had filed a renewed motion after a partly-successful, but ultimately insufficiently-successful, appeal to the Federal Circuit.

This doesn’t mean the dispute is over, though. The publication is careful to add: “Apple’s withdrawal of its cross-appeal changes nothing about Samsung’s own efforts to get the 2012 jury verdict overturned in whole or in large parts. Those efforts continue regardless.”

Apple and Samsung enjoyed a second major patent trial earlier this year, and upon its conclusion a jury found Samsung guilty of infringing several key Apple patents. Cupertino was awarded damages of $119.6 million, however this was far short of the $2.2 billion in damages Apple had been seeking.

We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.

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